Monthly Archives: January 2016

Des Moines, Iowa: How America’s Dullest City Got Cool

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The Model for Creativity in Economic and Social Development, Des Moines:

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Dreaming Cities Regina MJ Kyle copyright 2014, all rights reserved

Dreaming Cities
Regina MJ Kyle
copyright 2014, all rights reserved

     Empowering creative expression is the foundation for all social and economic development. Part of the title of my book in progress is “Transforming Our Communities…” There is no better example of a community that transformed itself through the empowering of creative expression than Des Moines, Iowa. With the Iowa the focus of the nation this week, it is a good time to examine how this came to be.

     The magazine Politico has an extended series of in-depth articles on What Works in American communities. The one on Des Moines is the focus of this post. It offers powerful lessons for other communities, lessons that can be adapted to the particular circumstances of individual history and location. Des Moines is one of the communities I will feature in the economic development sections of Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.

Read…Reflect…Share…Empower and Support Creative Expression in Your Community!

“To make Des Moines hip, civic leaders did something almost unheard of…”

Source: How America’s Dullest City Got Cool

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of the Artist

Courtesy of the Artist

The Creative Apothecary Supports Empowering Creative Action in Communities!

500TH POST: Declaration of the Independence of the Mind: An Extraordinary 1919 Manifesto Signed by Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Jane Addams, and Other Luminaries – Brain Pickings

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The Wisdom of the Independence of the Mind:

5ooth Post on My Curated Information Blog, Create & Be Well

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

     When I began this curated information blog I was starting the research on my book in progress, Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. New information, resources, and ideas have led to a continuing transformation of the book and the other projects that have emerged from it.

     I have begun new ventures: The Creative Apothecary is now the umbrella for all my projects. The School of Creative Aging is in its planning phase; two e-books in the Living Through Creativity resource series on the arts and wellness are close to publication.

     For the 500th post here I turn to two of my favorite resources: Brain Pickings and Growing Bolder. Brain Pickings provides the text to share, the 1919 Manifesto on the importance of maintaining independence of the mind as the text and illuminating illustrated quotes from Growing Bolder, a great organization in Orlando that is fighting the good fight against the problems of ageism in our society.

Onward to the 1000 Post on Create & Be Well!

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“We commit ourselves never to serve anything but the free Truth that has no frontiers and no limits and is without prejudice against races or castes.”

Source: Declaration of the Independence of the Mind: An Extraordinary 1919 Manifesto Signed by Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Jane Addams, and Other Luminaries – Brain Pickings

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

The Creative Apothecary Supports and Promotes Independence of Mind!

Gardening is the best medicine for the mind | Life and style | The Guardian

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Gardens Are Good Medicine for Mind and Body:

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Courtesy of the Extension Service

Courtesy of the Extension Service

     The healing power of gardens is a recurring theme in my book in progress, Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. This essay from The Guardian shares the experience of a British writer who is recovering from depression and the healing role of his garden.

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“My garden is my sanctuary and my saviour, writes Tom Smart…”

Source: Gardening is the best medicine for the mind | Life and style | The Guardian

Courtesy of Monet's Palate

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

Courtesy of Monet's Palate

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

The Creative Apothecary Believes In the Healing Power of Gardens!

The Conscious Elders Network Journal

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A New Journal for Creative Aging:

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Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

     A new vision of aging is one of major themes in my book in progress, Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. One of the first Resource Guides in the Living Through Creativity Series will be on creative aging and my new venture The School of Creative Aging is in the planning phase. I try to offer information and resources on making the years after 60 a richly fulfilling time for all of us.

     The Conscious Elders Network is a relatively new organization that offers ideas and resources about vital longevity and approaches to the natural process of aging that benefit  both individuals and communities. Their new journal is an important contribution and great resource for all of us. Check it out and learn more about the organization from their website: http://www.consciousaging.org

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Source: The Conscious Elders Network Journal

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

The Creative Apothecary Supports The Conscious Elder Network!

Our Top 10 Articles of 2015 – Project for Public Spaces

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Creating Public Spaces for All of Us:

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Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

     Making public spaces attractive and inviting, transforming ordinary space into dreamworlds–this has been one of the most exciting innovations in community development over the last decade and more. Cities, small communities, gardens, museums, public spaces of every size and shape have become the settings for both permanent and short-term creations. These make life more satisfying for all of  us.

     The Project for Public Spaces has assembled a wonderful potpourri of articles from 2015 on exciting ventures that are turning our communities into better places to live and work. Each presentation offers a wealth of information and images on specific projects and why we should be supporting and participating in this transformation of our communities.

     I have paired the information resources with images on this post from one of my favorite artists, Dale Chihuly. Mr. Chihuly is known worldwide for his gorgeous glass sculptures and especially for public installations like those over the bridges of Venice and in gardens, including that in the Dallas Museum of Art. His work is truly a feast for both eyes and spirit!

Read…View…Reflect…Share…Support the Development of Creative Public Spaces in Your Community!

Source: Our Top 10 Articles of 2015 – Project for Public Spaces

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

The Creative Apothecary Supports Projects in Public Spaces!

The Labyrinth Revival – The Atlantic

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Labyrinths in Our Lives, Another View:

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Courtesy of Paths of Peace

Courtesy of Paths of Peace

     Yesterday I posted information about labyrinths, pathways of the spirit that aid in focusing our minds and enriching our lives both physically and spiritually.

     This essay from The Atlantic was published a year ago, but it offers insight into how labyrinths are being used in places as different as prisons and hospitals. As we come closer to the annual Labyrinth Day in May we need to reflect on the power of ancient customs to renew us.

     The images in this post are from Paths of Peace, a Minnesota-based organization that designs and builds both portable and permanent labyrinths. Check out their website http://www.patheofpeace.com

     Another excellent source of information in The Labyrinth Society: http://www.labyrinthsociety.org

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“Why entangled pathways are increasingly being built in hospitals, spas, and prisons,,,”

Source: The Labyrinth Revival – The Atlantic

Courtesy of Paths of Peace

Courtesy of Paths of Peace

Courtesy of Paths of Peace

Courtesy of Paths of Peace

The Creative Apothecary Supports Labyrinths for Individual and Community Well Being!

Walk the World’s Most Meditative Labyrinths | Travel | Smithsonian

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The Labyrinth in Our Lives, Ancient and Ever New:

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Courtesy of Paths of Peace, Minnesota

Courtesy of Paths of Peace, Minnesota

    Walking the labyrinth is ancient and,  in our times, ever new. It is deeply symbolic, soothing and calming, a ritual with individual and community meanings. The first labyrinth I walked was in the cathedral at Chartres, a medieval version of a symbol that may be as old as humanity itself. We can find labyrinths, ancient and modern, in places from France to Appalachian State University to Beijing, China.

     This article from Smithsonian Travel introduces you to ideas behind the labyrinth, its potential power in our lives, and examples of accessible labyrinths from around the world.

     The illustrations in the blog are courtesy of Paths of Peace, a Minnesota-based company that designs and builds permanent labyrinths as well as portable ones for temporary installations. Check out the Paths of Peace website. It is a great resource for information and current resources about labyrinths. http://www.pathsofpeace.com

 

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“History meets harmony on these time-worn paths.”

Source: Walk the World’s Most Meditative Labyrinths | Travel | Smithsonian

Courtesy of Paths of Peace

Courtesy of Paths of Peace

Courtesy of Paths of Peace

Courtesy of Paths of Peace

The Creative Apothecary Recommends Walking the Labyrinth in Journeys of the Spirit!

 

Horticultural therapy: the healing power of gardening – Telegraph

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More on the Healing Power of Gardens, Thrive Charity in the UK:

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Courtesy of The Parsons School of Design

Courtesy of The Parsons School of Design

     I have shared several posts in the past on the healing power of gardens in the United States. Earlier today I shared a fine essay from the United Arab Emirates. This post takes us to the UK, to England in particular, and the work of one very special charity.

     Thrive is a UK charity with programs for adults with mental health problems and other disabilities. In London it operates a year-round gardening program for its clients, using glasshouses for winter gardens and preparing plantings for spring. Paddy Magrane’s article in The Telegraph introduces the program and provides links to more information about Thrive and its work.

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“Social contact and getting involved in nurturing plants are springboards to self-esteem. Discover how gardening charity Thrive puts this into practice.”

Source: Horticultural therapy: the healing power of gardening – Telegraph

Courtesy of Monet's Palate

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

Courtesy of the Artist Rousseau and the Poster

Courtesy of the Artist Rousseau and the Poster

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Healing Power of Horticulture!

The healing power of horticulture: 10 ways gardening can positively influence mental health | The National

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The Healing Power of Gardens, Balm for Mind, Spirit, and Body:

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Courtesy of Monet's Palate

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

     Nature and the garden are two of the most powerful medicines for body and spirit. In the past I have often shared information on the healing power of gardens, a theme in my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. It seems only appropriate to return to the garden in the midst of winter.

     This post from The National’s Arts & Life section, published today in the United Arab Emirates, offers helpful ways of thinking about and using the healing power of gardens to support mental health.

     The images in the blog come one of my favorite gardens, Monet’s enchanting Giverny, and are courtesy of that wonderful new cookbook, Monet’s Palate.

Read…Reflect…Share…Plan Your Healing Garden for 2016!

 “A closer look at how gardening can have a positive influence on those facing mild to medium mental-health disorders.”

Source: The healing power of horticulture: 10 ways gardening can positively influence mental health | The National

Courtesy of Monet's Palate

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

Courtesy of Monet's Palate

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Healing Power of Gardens!

A Radiologist’s X-Ray Photographs of Flowers from the 1930s

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A Feast for the Eyes, the Anatomy of Flowers plus Shakespearean Thoughts for a Winter’s Day:

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Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

     We are endlessly creative in finding new ways to express the artist in us. Many of us photography as a means of showing the essence of the world around us. For some in the medical profession the x-ray machine offers a new way of seeing and understanding the beauties of nature.

     The very perceptive Claire Voon of Hyperallergic reports on the work of 1930s radiologist Dr. Dain L. Tasker, on exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla until mid-February. Dr. Tasker was a pioneer in botanical art, using the x-ray machine to reveal the essential structure of plants. The images, in all the tones from white through endless grays to deepest black, are haunting in their poetic elusiveness.

     For this post i have twinned the anatomy of flowers with tidbits from Shakespeare, courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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“When we think of X-rays, we generally think of the human body’s skeletal structure, but in the 1930s, one osteopathist turned his attention to the anatomy of plants and used his X-ray machine…”

Source: A Radiologist’s X-Ray Photographs of Flowers from the 1930s

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Creative Apothecary Loves the Folger, Shakespeare, and Creative Use of Everyday Instruments!